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WWII veterans fly to DC for Upstate's 11th Honor Flight

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The veterans arrive in DC to much fanfare. (Sept. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) The veterans arrive in DC to much fanfare. (Sept. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
A group photo of the veterans at their memorial. (Sept. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina) A group photo of the veterans at their memorial. (Sept. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

World War II veterans from around the area are in Washington, DC, for the day to take part in the Upstate's 11th Honor Flight.

The trip also marks US Airway's 300th Honor Flight since the nationwide program started.

The flight departed from Greenville-Spartanburg International airport about 9:30 a.m. and landed in DC to much fanfare and a police escort.

The veterans are now headed to DC to visit the Vietnam, Korean and Marine Corps War memorials in addition to viewing the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. 

The trip is free to the veterans and made possible by volunteers called Guardians.

Of the 80 WWII veterans who will be on the flight, the trip will include the highest number of African American and female veterans to date, according to Honor Flight representatives.

Many of the Guardians include doctors and support staff to make sure the veterans, who range in age from 80 to more than 100 years old, are properly cared for.

The public is invited to welcome the veterans home Thursday evening at 7:45 p.m. at the airport.

FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta, who is a veteran himself, will be making the trip and will deliver a full report on FOX Carolina News Tonight.

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